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I'm pleased to announce that Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps has pledged $10,000 in matching funds again this year. Donate to either of our nonprofits between now and midnight Dec. 31st, and your gift will be doubled until we reach that goal!
Since our founding, StoptheDrugWar.org has sought to end drug prohibition, replacing its punitive policies with positive ones based on health and well-being, while making a positive impact on issues that intersect with drug policy.
As reforms become more real, the last part of that grows in importance. Our newsletter will devote significant space in 2022 to the tensions that success creates for us in areas like marijuana legalization and psychedelics reform, and to the burgeoning efforts people are making around them. We'll also take these questions up through Zoom meetings and on Clubhouse.
Will the industries include people who've been harmed the most by the drug war? Will arrest and conviction records get expunged? Will craft and other small marijuana businesses survive? How will indigenous people's access to plants they've used for generations be assured, when more people become interested in them too? These are just a few of the issues at stake.
At the UN, we'll continue our efforts to modernize the international drug treaties in light of national moves toward marijuana legalization, while asserting the supremacy of human rights obligations over drug control obligations. We'll continue our campaign to stop Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war slaughter. And we'll take this to the US Congress as well, where appropriations made in the budget every year have a profound effect on drug policies abroad.
We are advancing our strategies and the movement's goals, and are ready to take that into 2022. We need your help to do it. Can you make a generous contribution to our $10,000 matched to $20,000 end-year goal today?
Two kinds of donations count toward our matching funds offer – tax-deductible supporting educational sides of our advocacy, and non-deductible for our legislative lobbying and other costs. Note that, like last year, if you don't itemize your tax-deductions (US taxpayers), for 2021 you can still deduct up to $300 total above-the-line for donations.
If you prefer to donate by check rather than online, those can be sent to us at P.O. Box 9853, Washington, DC 20016. For a tax-deductible donation please make your check payable to DRCNet Foundation. For a non-deductible donation please make it payable to Drug Reform Coordination Network. (There's also information on donating stock shares here.)
Thank you for your support!
David Borden, Executive Director
P.O. Box 9853, Washington, DC 20016
P.S. Check back next week for Phil Smith's annual "Top Ten Domestic Drug Policy Stories," to be followed by the annual "Top Ten International Drug Policy Stories."
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